Ever since my md11 flight yesterday I’ve fallen in love with the aircraft. Decided to fly it again today into KSEA and I got a nice surprise!
Flight time: 0:58
Quick question for y’all: why is the md11 landing speed so high?
Actually the landing speed is high when you’re level because you’re actually supposed to approach with about 5 degrees of nose up pitch (in the MD-11)
It’s definitely an interesting bird.
IF has a tutorial on their YouTube channel with more details
You are? Dang my pitch was 2 or 3 degrees
Yeah it’s an interesting plane for sure but that’s what makes it one of my favorites 🔥
An episode of Air Disasters, covering an MD-11F hard landing, mentioned a typical final approach speed of 175kn, “faster than any other jets except fighters”.
The explanation was a design choice to use a slimmer tail structure with smaller stabilizers and rudder, for less drag compared to the MD-10s… But also makes it fly with generally higher pitch / AoA than most planes.